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  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
What are your best commercially purchased seeds varieties
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:35:19 pm »
I've often wondered which seed merchants  seeds give crops that are something worthwhile to shout about.
 I practice 36 inch raised bed square foot gardening  as old fashioned row gardening is too much for my disabilities ..  currently I have 26 beds making for about 250 square feet of high density grown crops 150 sq ft are for veg the rest are flowers & 7 herbs .

There are some normal earth gardens but hopefully that will be converted into more raised square foot beds in the next few months .
 The 150 sq ft of veg gives us almost all the veg we need for our family of three save for potatoes & cucumbers which we buy as & when we need them. 

 I'll kick off with Mr Fothergill ..  flyaway carrot main crop seeds .

 They are slightly  expensive ,  mostly  seeds are mixed with simple clean dry wood ash  then stationed sowed in two's & three's three inches apart in square foot grids .
I made a cardboard mask of 13 inches by 13 inches with holes  at three inch grid intervals and simply rubbed finger and thumb till the seed and ash mixture   dropped a few seeds in each mask hole .

 All of the sown stations produced carrots , . thinned them if needed , leaving the strongest carrot for main crop ( We ate the thinning's over a few weeks as new baby carrots)  . Sprinkled more clean wood ash at each thinning to help keep the dreaded carrot fly away .

 Result  the main crop carrots do not have any carrot fly damage . Due to the ash acting a bit like lime the soil nutrients are released but without the forking you get when using fresh manure or artificial fertilizers .

We now have some real nice clean carrots ,  average size is about 7 to 9 inches long by a top  1 & 1/2  to 1 & 3/4 inches across .

 I think these " Fothergill Flyaway carrots "   are the best carrots we have in the whole of the garden beds .
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